President and Chief Operating Officer

Sam Sexhus joined Patriot Rail as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2022 and brings more than 25 years of railroad industry knowledge and experience. He is responsible for supporting Patriot Rail’s strategic, operational, and growth objectives while leading and optimizing all aspects of the company’s business development, marketing, and operating functions. His focus is on organic and inorganic growth, productivity improvements, and economic development around the country.

Prior to joining Patriot Rail, Sexhus served as vice president of Strategy and Technology at BNSF. He led the company’s initiative to improve cost structure and oversaw the annual initiative process. He also served as vice president, Transportation, where he oversaw the overall Transportation organization including Field and Network Operations, Locomotive Distribution and Crew Management, and as vice president, Service Design and Performance.

Sexhus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

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